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Transforming a Concrete Corner Into a Native Plant Garden

Transforming a Concrete Corner Into a Native Plant Garden

Forty-five students from Furr High School and volunteers braved the chilly weather and began installing a native plant garden at the intersection of Lockwood and Harrisburg in the East End on Wednesday, November 12. Previously covered in concrete and turf grass, the 200′ by 30′ space will be planted with native trees and plants that will provide shade and a place for the public to enjoy nature while waiting for the bus or MetroRail. The garden is designed for wildlife, specifically pollinators, including birds, butterflies and other insects. It will include a water feature that will intermittently provide water and the native grasses, shrubs and trees will provide nectar, berries and seeds.

Funding for the Lockwood Nature Garden comes from the Connecting People with Nature grant administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department and a TIGER grant awarded to the City of Houston to connect trails and promote access to transit. This area will be at a light rail stop at Harrisburg and Lockwood. The park will become a part of the network of sidewalks, trails and parks that support pedestrian and bike activity throughout the East End.

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Scenes from the 2017 East End Street Fest con Corazón

Scenes from the 2017 East End Street Fest con Corazón

The 2017 East End Street Fest con Corazón took place on the award-winning Navigation Esplanade on Saturday, October 21st. In partnership with the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, the Greater East End Management District-produced festival returned for its sixth year. Festival goers reported that this year's festival was the best one yet. With a fully-activated kid zone, over 60 artisan vendors, thirteen local vendors, and a full day's worth of musical and dance entertainment, the 2017 East End Street Festival con Corazón, benefiting Hurricane Harvey Relief welcomed over 5,000 attendees to the Navigation Esplanade in the heart East End Houston. Join us next year on October 20, 2018!

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